British Diver Who Helped Rescue Trapped Boys in Thailand Returns to UK

The boys at a hospital in Chiang Rai province on 11 July

The boys at a hospital in Chiang Rai province on 11 July

His incredible efforts drew special praise from the leader of the rescue mission, acting Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotanakorn. Add Thailand Cave Rescue as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Thailand Cave Rescue news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Members of the Thai Navy SEALs team arrived home to their base at Sattahip, feted by the Thai people but saddened by the loss of their colleague.

Banphot Konkum, father of 13-year-old Duangpetch Promthep, told The Associated Press his son - better known by his nickname, Dom - said the team members didn't know rain had started falling after they had entered the cave on June 23.

Dr. Harris was part of a comprehensive team that ensured the 12 exhausted schoolboys-ranging in age from 11 to 16-along with their soccer coach, survived the grueling two-and-a-half mile journey out the cave.

A former Thai navy SEAL diver died during the mission.

Volanthen and fellow Brit Rick Stanton were the first rescuers to find the boys deep in the Tham Luang cave complex.

Asked if their actions might be seen as insensitive at such a delicate time, co-producer Adam Smith said: "There's going to be other production companies coming in so we have to act pretty quickly".

"What we do is very calculating".

United States studio Pure Flix - which makes inspirational Christian films - had producers were on the ground interviewing rescue workers before all 12 schoolboy and their football coach were freed.

"They are the toughest blokes and kids I've ever had the privilege to meet", Dr Harris told prime minister in a Facetime call earlier this week.

Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, July 2, 2018.

He said: "To see all that heroic bravery in the cave, and to get all the divers out, it's just such a touching event and so personal to me".

The footage came as various outlets reported the boys and their soccer coach were sedated to prevent them from panicking or struggling as divers ferried them through black waters and cliff sides. We're just very happy that the boys are out and safe.

"We were very pleased and we were very relieved that they were all alive but I think at that point we realised the enormity of the situation and that's perhaps why it took a while to get them all out", he told Sky News.

"The pressure that was put on these guys was huge and they never dropped the ball for a second", Dr Harris said in a Facebook post detailing the operation.

"He's got a very bouncy Australian accent, and they seemed to find that quite relaxing and reassuring".

"It's an absolute tragedy", he said.

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